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Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is a children’s book author and poet who “mines the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles.” A number of Weatherford’s books tell the stories of African-American historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, and Billie Holiday. Other books recount historical events such as the Greensboro Sit-ins and the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Weatherford’s books have received a wide variety of awards, including a Caldecott Honor for Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.

Carole Boston Weatherford grew up in an all-black neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. An only child until the age of 10, she has fond memories of riding bikes, drawing and writing, and singing and tap dancing to her dad’s collection of jazz records. In the first grade, Carole recited her first poem. Throughout elementary and middle school, her artistic and literary talents were recognized and encouraged by her teachers. Carole continued writing through high school and into college, but it was only when one of her poems was published in a city magazine that she seriously considered becoming an author.

For 20 years, Carole Boston Weatherford worked for the National Bar Association in Washington, DC and North Carolina. After becoming a mother, she enrolled in a master’s level creative writing program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Although she entered the program writing poetry for adults, she graduated wanting to write historical fiction and poetry for children. Weatherford’s first children’s book, Juneteenth Jamboree, was published in 1995. Since then she has authored more than two dozen children’s books.

Weatherford says that persistence is one of the keys to her success. “I had manuscripts that had been rejected 20 times before finding a home with a publisher,” she recalls. “But I keep going and I believe in what I write about.” Weatherford creates the kind of books that weren’t available to her as a child: ones that feature African-American protagonists. In the late 1990s Weatherford began teaching college courses in composition, creative writing, and children’s and adolescent literature.

Today Carole Boston Weatherford is an associate professor at Fayetteville State University. She and her husband live in High Point, North Carolina.

Books by this author

A Negro League Scrapbook

A Negro League Scrapbook

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2005
Becoming Billie Holiday

Becoming Billie Holiday

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Biography, Poetry
Published:
2008
Birmingham 1963

Birmingham 1963

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2007

I, Matthew Henson

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2008
Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive

Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2006
harriet tubman

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction, Poetry
Published:
2006
Historical image of 3 Black children sitting on the front steps

Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction, Poetry
Published:
2002
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2021
Fannie Lou Hamer sings in front of others

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography
Published:
2015